Back in May, readers, and the world, were shocked to hear what happened in the DIVERGENCE Free Comic Book Day issue. There was a big change in Superman's life. His biggest secret had been revealed. The world found out that Superman and Clark Kent were the same person. What made it even more shocking was the fact that Lois Lane, one of Clark's closest friends, was the one that told the story.
This upset many fans. They felt Lois would never betray Clark, and Superman, in this way. When SUPERMAN #41 came out, we formed our own opinion on why Lois might've decided to reveal his secret to the world. Now with SUPERMAN #43 on sale, the Truth is fully revealed.
There will be some spoilers from SUPERMAN #43.
In this series, the focus has been on Before Truth. We've been seeing the events that lead up to the big reveal. What had happened was Clark is contacted by someone that has discovered his secret. With Superman's power fluctuations, there were likely times he was a little slower and more careless. This person was blackmailing Clark to do some simple and almost seemingly innocent tasks or else his secret would be revealed.
When Superman and Jimmy Olsen discover the blackmailer is a man calling himself HORDR_ROOT, Lois comes along to get in on the story. Along the way, Clark is forced to use his powers in front of her, confirming a suspicion she had already pieced together.
What would Lois do next?
As a reporter, she knows the types of questions she and the public would demand to know. We have seen in the other titles how paranoid and betrayed the public and government feels.
She lays out her questions on Superman. She then recounts the video footage she saw of him in an electric chair when her father and Lex Luthor were basically torturing him to find out more (in 2011's ACTION COMICS #2). She confesses how much that footage affected her and that she would never reveal his secret.
Then why does she do it?
Superman is contacted by HORDR_ROOT. Lois is surprised he's still going to do what he says. They visit a specified location and HORDR_ROOT demands Superman use his solar flare so he can absorb the energy. Reminded of when he was in the electric chair, Lois can't help but see the danger he's placed himself in. She makes the biggest decision of her life and career.
Lois releases the information, using the image HORDR_ROOT used to taunt Superman. From her phone, she sends it out. With the leverage taken away, Superman breaks free of his bonds and asks one question.
Superman is rightfully upset. He says he could've figured things out and now the lives of those closest to him are in danger. She said she had to do it to save him, his lives over others. He would've done the same thing.
Our question now is, did Lois do the right thing?
Lois knew Superman would always put the lives of others before his. If someone was threatening those closest to him, it makes sense he'd allow himself to be used for energy. There is the question of what would that energy be used for but Superman simply didn't have time to think of another option. He told Lois he would've figured something out. He's not dumb but what if he couldn't figure something out before it cost him his life?
On the other hand, Lois did what she felt was right. It wasn't her secret to release upon the world. She made it very clear she wouldn't reveal it as a reporter out to tell a story. She was put on the spot. She saw Superman's life on the line.
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